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What do stars mean next to weapons in TotK (Zelda Tears of the Kingdom)?

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As soon as I started playing The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, I noticed I was going through many different weapons with how fast they break in the game. One thing in particular caught my eye when I was in the underground and grabbed a spear from one of the ghost soldiers on the pillar of rocks; there was a star next to the name of the spear. Here's what that means in Tears of the Kingdom.

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What are the stars next to weapons in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom (TotK)?

There are two types of stars in Tears of the Kingdom. There is a sparkling star that shows on the weapon itself in the top-right corner of the box, and then there is a white star that shows next to the weapon's name. Both have different meanings, and I was thoroughly confused by them at first.

What is the sparkle on Weapons in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom?

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If you look at a weapon in your inventory or the quick swap, you may notice that some of your weapons have a sparkle effect on them. This indicates a weapon's durability, with the sparkle showing full durability. The durability will decrease once you use the weapon, and the sparkle will disappear. From here, the weapon's durability will decrease as you use it until it blinks red, indicating that it will break soon.

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What does the Star next to Weapon Names mean in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom?

Some weapons will show a white star next to the weapon's name, meaning the weapon is a Pristine Weapon. These deal more damage than regular versions of the weapon. Additionally, Pristine weapons are more likely to have enhancements, shown by the blue text in the quick swap and your inventory. Not all Pristine weapons have enhancements, and some regular weapons can also have these.

A good way to get Pristine Weapons is by exploring The Depths. There are Spirit Soldiers, which are ghostly specters that stand on stone pillars and hold weapons. These have a high chance to be Pristine Weapons, but not all are. I built up a big collection of Pristine Weapons while exploring The Depths for Zonaite and Bargainer Statutes.

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